Mr. Brown’s legacy represents a moment when courage was shown by thousands of young Americans and Filipinos who were swept up in the Japanese attacks of 1941-42. The Japanese Empire, like the Nazi regime, entirely misjudged the resilience and capacity of the American people and nation. As the “Greatest Generation” passes by the day, are we prepared to exhibit corresponding virtues in our own time? Are we taking actions to recognize such virtues, encouraging the ongoing development of the national character toward extraordinary service?
UPDATE: Mr. Ellis Sharadin reports, April 2018: “My office at Langley AFB, VA jus got approval for the 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to do a 2-ship F-15E flyover in Salt Lake City for the funeral of SMSgt Ted Kampf on April 30th, 2018. SMSgt Kampf was the last Utah survivor of the Bataan Death March, but we cannot vouch for whether he is also the very last survivor. But for sure, SMSgt Kampf outlasted Mr. Brown by about 7 years!”
Last American Survivor of Bataan Death March Dies